Flowering between June and September, Red Bartsia is a parasitic plant living partially off grass roots. It grows 15-40 cm high. (6" to 16")
A much overlooked plant, Red Bartsia has a dusty, careworn appearance, due to its dense covering of fine hairs.
It's a straggly, downy plant with narrow, toothed leaves that sit opposite each other along the stems. All the flowers on one stem face in the same direction.
It is a common plant of roadside verges, railway cuttings, waste grounds and other disturbed ground.
A short post today.
Enjoy the upcoming weekend, whatever you are doing.